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[proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee, prod-uhk‐] /ˌproʊ dʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌprɒd ʌk‐/
the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services:
The productivity of the group's effort surprised everyone.
Economics. the rate at which goods and services having exchange value are brought forth or produced:
Productivity increased dramatically last year.
Grammar. the ability to form new words using established patterns and discrete linguistic elements, as the derivational affixes -ness and -ity .
Related forms
antiproductivity, adjective, noun
nonproductivity, noun
semiproductivity, noun
unproductivity, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unproductivity


the output of an industrial concern in relation to the materials, labour, etc, it employs
the state of being productive
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Word Origin and History for unproductivity



1809, "quality of being productive," from productive + -ity. An earlier word for this was productiveness (1727). Economic sense of "rate of output per unit" is from 1899.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unproductivity in Culture

productivity definition

In business, a measure of worker efficiency, such as one hundred units per hour. In economics, involvement in the creation of goods and services to produce wealth.

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